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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: February 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 68

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GI Joe is putting a small force into Freusenland to support its newest team; Battle Force 2000. The Cobra paranoid ray is causing people in Freusenland to riot. The Terror Drome paranoid ray operation is discovered by Blaster of Battle Force 2000. Cobra is kicked out of Freusenland.

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Notes of Interest

First Appearance of Battle Force 2000: Avalanche, Blaster, Blocker, Dodger, Knockdown, Maverick

Major Players

The Joes: Back Stop, Cover Girl, Duke, Hawk, Frostbite
Battle Force 2000: Avalanche, Blaster, Blocker, Dodger, Knockdown, Maverick
Additional Joe Characters: Slip Stream, Wild Bill

Cobra: Baroness, Fred VII (Cobra Commander), Dr. Mindbender
Additional Characters: Prime Minister Volff

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inker: Randy Emberlin ,
Colors: Bob Sharen,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Bob McLeod

Full Details

The GI Joe team of Hawk, Backstop, Cover Girl, Duke and Frostbite are sent on a mission to provide security for the secret research unit, Battle Force 2000 that is currently stationed in the snow covered land of Freusenland.

The Baroness is leading an attack on the Joe team even before they land. Wild Bill has to do some crazy flying to drop off the AWE Striker, Snowcat and Persuader. As soon as they land Duke takes off in a separate direction towards the capitol.

At the Cobra command boat in Frusenhagen harbor, Dr. Mindbender has just informed Prime Minister Volff that the fighting from his Reindeer festival has been held in check after several days of uncontrolled rioting. And that Cobra, technically under his command, just fired on the incoming Americans. At one of the Terror Dromes, which is emitting the paranoid ray waves that have caused the rioting, Fred VII (as Cobra Commander) is about to lead an air support force to help the Baroness. Watching from the ridge above are Blaster and Blocker of Battle Force 2000. Blaster, who is wearing headphones listening to music, wonders why all of the Cobras are also wearing headphones. Blocker is super cranky as they return to their base.

At the base, Avalanche and Dodger are in a fist fight; as soon as Blocker arrives he jumps right into the fight. Blaster wonders what the heck is going on. As Maverick arrives he goes to take off his helmet, Blaster figures out Cobra's plan and the cause of the rioting. All wearing headphones now, Battle Force 2000 then heads of to destroy all of the Terror Dromes and stop the paranoia. The paranoid rays are now affecting the Joes; they have stopped obeying Hawk's orders and are no longer an efficient fighting force. Fred VII takes advantage of this angling them out to an ice shelf where the Baroness starts a full frontal assault with her forces. They lose the AWE Striker and are out manned and numbered by the Cobra forces. Just when things look at their worst Battle Force 2000 comes in to save day.

Duke arrives in the capital to make a secret offer from the US Government to the Prime Minister, and to inform him about Cobra's paranoid ray plan. Prime Minister Volff then tells Dr. Mindbender, Cobra Commander and all of the Cobra forces to get out of his country

Summary by Josh Eggebeen


The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the late 1980s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #68. To read about the history of the Mark Jeweler insert follow the link - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts Part 4 - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts - The Colored End of an Era - October 1986 - July 1991